Shrimp Po Boy Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

This shrimp po boy recipe will make you feel like you are back in New Orleans!

Shrimp Po Boy Picture

On our last trip to New Orleans, we learned a few things about po' boys:

  1. Po' boys are worth walking miles for. If the trolley breaks down on the way to your favorite po' boy shop, and the driver yells at you to get off, you get off and start walking. Don't take your eye off the prize: the piping hot po' boy.
  2. Po' boy ingredients vary by the day. If your po' boy maker didn't like the look of oysters that morning on the dock, he won't buy them. And there won't be oyster po' boys that day.
  3. When ordering a po' boy, order it dressed. You yourself do not have to be dressed to eat one.
  4. Not all po' boys contain fried seafood. A lemon garlic butter sauce is a delicious alternative.
  5. You can make po' boys yourself at home. It's true!
Shrimp Po Boy Photo

A hot po' boy is a favorite weekend lunch for me. I start with a soft wheat roll. They look like puffier hot dog rolls. In New Orleans, they use a super soft French bread roll.

I split the rolls, and then lightly butter the insides. While they toast, I whip up a spicy mayo sauce. I gather up my cold ingredients for dressing. And then, when everything else is ready, I start cooking my shrimp. Your goal is hot shrimp and cold dressing ingredients. Since we're only making two po' boys, this shouldn't be a problem.

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Shrimp Po Boy Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 2 wheat rolls
  • 1 tablespoon Butter, softened, divided
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun Creole Seasoning
  • 6-7 ounces Shrimp, cleaned and tail-less
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic, fresh, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Onion, chopped, to taste
  • Tomato, chopped, to taste


  1. Split the wheat rolls and butter the insides with half the butter. Toast the bread in a warm oven.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the mayonnaise and Cajun seasoning and set aside.
  3. Preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining butter to the skillet. When it starts to sizzle, add the shrimp and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. After 1 minute, stir the shrimp and let them cook on the other side for another 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook. When done, add the lemon juice and stir.
  4. Assemble sandwiches: To each side of the bread, spread the mayonnaise mixture. Top with lettuce, shrimp, then onionsand tomatoes. Serve hot.
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2 po boys
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Author: Christina Lane
Recipe Yields: 2 po boys
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 po boy
Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 155
Calories 402

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 1171mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 23g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.

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